“If God had a face what would it look like? […]
What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin' to make his way home?”
Joan Osborne, “One of Us”
This 90s pop song poses thought-provoking questions. What does God look like? How do we know if God is in our midst? Would we recognize Jesus if he were sitting beside us? The Spirit of God is in our midst today, but do we take the time to see God there?
Let us take time now to focus on being people of God who recognize and welcome Jesus, not only in our hearts but also into our daily living.next >
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Ephesians 1:20-23next >
Jesus was not only fully human, living life here on earth among the people of God, but he was also fully divine. Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead showed his divine power to conquer all. When we welcome Jesus in our lives we acknowledge that he is fully human and fully divine. We know he rules over heaven and earth, yet was a man who walked on this earth, experiencing life as we experience it. When we welcome Jesus into our lives we acknowledge that he also dwells in our own hearts and minds, encouraging and supporting us in all that we do. The greatest gift we have been given is life in Christ, because of what Christ has done for us. Jesus was one of us, just a stranger like one of us, trying to make his way home. The Good News is that because of Christ we don’t have to travel alone.
Elizabeth Cluffnext >
Name above all Names, Lord above all Lords, thank you for your life here on earth, lived among your people. Thank you for your gracious sacrifice that enables me to live eternally bound to you. Walk alongside me on my own path in life, guiding and nurturing me so that I can resemble your image more and more today and in the days to come. Amen.next >
Where do you see God in your life today? Go out looking for God in your midst. Say hello to your Lord!
If you don’t see God, then maybe God is calling YOU to be Jesus for someone else. Open the door for a stranger, put down your phone to say hello to the cashier at the store, help someone out just because.
Wherever you go, God is sending you there for a reason!
Rev. Elizabeth Cluff is the Pastor of Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth City, NC. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. When not writing devotionals, she loves ballroom dancing, trying new recipes on Pinterest, and walking her Standard Poodle, Gemma.
Jesus Calls Us